Washington State DSHS Speech Pathologist/Audiologist Specialist 2 in Buckley, Washington


In your role you'll enjoy work where you can make an impact in providing care to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through collaboration with other team members and development of communication-based services you'll support our client's communication modalities and needs.

The Department of Social and Health Services' Developmental Disabilities Administration is seeking a Speech Pathologist/Audiologist to join our team at Rainier Residential Habilitation Center as a Speech Pathologist/Audiologist Specialist 2.

What you will do in this job:

In providing these supports you will evaluate and provide treatment for adult individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities as they pertain to language disabilities; test and provide therapeutic techniques for clients; implement therapy and training programs utilizing adaptive communication devices. Train and oversee direct-care and specialty staff in the use of speech/communication programs and devices.

A typical work day may include:

  • Provide one-on-one and group training for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Collaborate with team members regarding client's communication programs within the client's home, school, and adult training program.
  • Work on various living units and in the Vocational Training Program (ATP) with clients having a wide range of cognitive and behavioral challenges.
  • Participating in meetings of the Interdisciplinary Team and provide feedback on caseload and write and develop evaluations and training programs, obtain required consents as needed and chart progress in the QIDP notes and in relevant sections of the Individual Habilitation Plan (IHP).

We are looking for someone with:

  • A Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communicative Disorders or documentation of American Speech-Language Hearing Association approved equivalent to the Master's degree consisting of approved curriculum and student practicum hours; and
  • A Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association; and
  • At least two (2) years of experience as a speech pathologist.

*It is a plus if you have experience and/or knowledge in: *

  • Knowledge and capacity to use a variety of manual communication systems including ASL, and/or Signing Exact English.
  • Providing communication-based behavior services to individuals with cognitive impairments exhibiting significant behavioral challenges complicated by communication needs.
  • Coaching and training caregivers, communication partners, and team members.
  • Performing informal, functional communication evaluations.
  • Targeting functional, everyday communication skills.
  • Providing dysphagia services, including: conduct clinical swallowing evaluations, develop accommodations and interventions, make recommendations, and participate in MBS evaluations.

Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

If you have questions about this opportunity, # 07696, please contact Lindsey Dicus at (360) 890-5962 or email Lindsey.dicus@dshs.wa.gov.


Salary: $61,512.00 - $80,724.00 Annually

Location: Pierce County – Buckley, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-07696 EJ38

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 5/31/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov